Good morning everyone. I hope you are all having a great day and staying warm. It is brutally cold outside again today. Today is definitely a great day to stay inside and cozy up by the fire with a mug of vegan hot chocolate with a little cayenne. Mmmmmm, that sounds really good at the moment. Maybe I will do that later.
I had purchased a bag of Bosc pears last week because I was in the mood for red wine poached pears but then once I got the pears home I changed my mind (fickle I know). Those little pears have been sitting on the counter looking at me all week. Today I decided to turn them into a fresh juice. I used my blender to make the juice since not everyone has a juicer, but that will also work fine. This juice is based on a tart I used to make in my prevegan days. That tart contained Bosc pears slices and candied ginger. To our juice I added fresh ginger for flavor and antioxidants, and a medjool date to simulate the sugar on the candied ginger. Our juice this morning was quite tasty. Here is what I did.
Pear, Date and Ginger Juice
Makes 2 large servings
2 bosc pears, cored
½ inch fresh ginger, thinly sliced
1 medjool date, pitted (or stevia if you prefer)
approximately 1 cup of water to process juice
Combine in your blender and process until smooth. Add as much water as is necessary to get the fruit to move around enough in the blender to puree. Serve cold.
Amount Per Serving
Calories - 137.32
Calories From Fat (2%) - 2.58
Total Fat - 0.31g
Saturated Fat - 0.03g
Cholesterol - 0mg
Sodium - 2.89mg
Potassium - 298.76mg
Total Carbohydrates -36.4g
Fiber - 6.92g
Sugar - 23.2g
Protein - 1g
The flavor was mild, not too sweet with a hint of spicy ginger in the background. Dan thought the texture was unusual, lighter than an apple smoothie, almost soft and foamy. Overall we liked the combination of flavors. Next time I may add a little cardamom (because I do love it) to see if that works, which I expect it will.
Today is going to be a little hectic at our house. The Christmas decorations are coming down (boo hoo). This will also necessitate extra cleaning as furniture gets moved around (double boo hiss).
I am off to be productive and cross some things off my to-do list. I will be back later with another post.